Tuesday, July 29, 2014

You Can Be A Coffee Achiever, Or: One of My First Crushes FINALLY Tops The Charts

One of the defining moments in my personal fandom history happened when I was in the eighth grade. Every night a friend recorded a local radio show, The Top Nine At Nine (as voted by listeners between 7PM and 8PM), on a Maxell cassette and every morning we played it back on her contraband tape recorder on the bus to junior high. A group of us would chat and sing along but one morning there was a new song that rendered us all completely silent as we tried to catch the lyrics, and, wait, was that a slide whistle? And an accordion? In the middle of early-80s synth pop heaven? We listened in total confusion and debated whether that was the same guy who sang "Pac Man Fever". Whoever it was, it was a cute (the slide whistle) if gross (the lyrics) song and we decided that "Weird Al" Yankovic was a one hit wonder. You have NO IDEA how happy I am to have been wrong about that.

When he finally hit Number One on the Billboard Album Chart last week after thirty plus years, Tom Green got to tell him about it and this was his reaction. Really, how can you not love that?

And if THAT isn't enough, over the weekend SHOUT! Factory announced at ComicCon that UHF is being re-released on a 25th Anniversary Blu-ray coming this fall.

I mentioned a couple of days ago that a spam might be in order so let's get on that. His 1984 album, "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D, was produced by Rick Derringer and contained his hysterical and Grammy winning send-up of Michael Jackson, "Eat It."

I blogged about meeting him waaaaay back here in a post about why "Dare to Be Stupid" from his 1985 album Dare to Be Stupid is my personal theme song. It still is.

Madonna is said to have suggested the title for this one, also from Dare to Be Stupid.
Each of Yankovic's albums has included a polka medley and one of my favorites is the one from 1986's Polka Party! "Rock Me Amadeus" was begging to be a polka, right?
 There's no way I'm not including "Smells Like Nirvana." This one was on Off the Deep End from 1992. You knew it would be here.

As much as I love that one, though, my all time favorite is "White & Nerdy" from 2006's Straight Outta Lynwood. I have said before and I still think that whoever first said, "You know what this video needs? A Donny Osmond cameo," is a brilliant genius. I mean, really.

I apologize for the vid heaviness of this post but this? It's been a long time coming and I wanted to take some time to really celebrate it. Thanks, Weird Al, for daring to be stupid. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies Trailer Audience Reaction...Sort Of

You've seen the trailer, right? Of course you have, the fandom went to radio silence about half an hour ago. I watched it with my oldest, who is also a huge fan and her reaction is as follows.

(Silence, eyes wide)
Oh my God. Oh my God. Poor Bilbo Hobbit dude.
Wait, is that old fart Gandalf? Oh my God.
What is Thorin wearing?
Oh my God. I NEEEEED to see this.

So I guess I'm seeing BoFA with a sidekick this year. :)

SpReAd The Love Blogger Challenge: Into the Storm

A few weeks ago Obscura and I issued a speed round challenge to collect four dozen kindnesses before July 3 so that we could send Richard Armitage goodwill bouquets in time for press night for The Crucible and WOW did you all come through! Are you all up for another one to honor the premiere of the upcoming Into the Storm?
As I write this the county where my oldest friend lives is under a Tornado Watch and earlier this week one touched down in a Virginia campground. Wildfires are burning in the western US, Canada, India, Sri Lanka and Finland. Last week Typhoon Rammasun devastated China, Vietnam and the Philippines. The organizations that step in to help when these disasters strike work tirelessly to clear  rubble and rebuild communities and we'd like to recognize them. In order to raise awareness of the work these agencies do our new challenge is to blog about disaster relief that's touched our lives. Write a post about an agency or organization that you've worked with, that you've supported, or that's reached out to help you. The target dates for this challenge are August 7 through August 22 but posts outside of those dates will count as well. Our Anonymous Co-Conspirator for this event will donate $1 for each post to one of the charities supported by Richard Armitage via JustGiving and there's a Double Dip this time, too, with a matching dollar donation going to the international relief organization that receives the most votes by 11:59 PM August 6 on the sidebar, with a max of $200. Your choices include
Please email me at funkybluedelphinium (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line DISASTER RELIEF so that we can link your post and count your kindness toward our total. If you don't have your own blog but would like to participate, we'll hook you up with a blogger host and both the post and the host will count as separate kindnesses. If you're too shy to post at all just keep reporting your kindnesses, either that you've done or that have been done for you, to me or contact Obscura via her blog Ancient Armitage and we'll add them to our total. You've all been so generous throughout this campaign that we have no doubt you'll exceed our expectations this time, too. Ready? Let's go!  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Morning Poetry

It's been way too long since I've spun some poetry. This morning's piece is by the brilliant Sarah Kay, who performed it at the release party for her collection No Matter the Wreckage in March 2014. You can explore more of her work at her website here.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Party All The Time

Every day is a party when you're an Evil Jester. Or Peter Jackson. Or, better yet, Peter Jackson dressed as an Evil Jester, here.

Friday, July 25, 2014

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

*Stumbles in, blows dust off the joint*

Hey, y'all...uh, yinz'all...uh, look, I just spent a couple of weeks south of the Mason-Dixon Line, it's gonna take me a minute here. We spent a day with one of my sisters and her grandson here.

We stayed a week or so in South Carolina where we spent an evening listening to these guys

and a few days later met some old friends and had a lot of this.

My oldest turned twelve a few days ago while doing this.

And this.

And this.

Her younger siblings weren't as daring but they still had a great time. We're glad to be home, though, and as soon as I get through approximately 6,843 loads of laundry I'll tell you more about it. In the meantime, it seems that my beloved Weird Al has FINALLY hit number one on Billboard after thirty-some years so we're going out with my favorite single from his new album. Have a great day!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Getting The Band Back Together

Joey. Johnny. Dee Dee. Tommy.
I'm not in a location where I can link to YouTube but you can. Go listen to "Rockaway Beach."
Thank you, Ramones.

Edit: Now I can link it.